Statement on PWP Land Issue
JAKARTA, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 - We have taken note of articles published by several regional media outlets regarding a complaint raised by the Bukit Raya Forest Farmers Group (Farmer Group) regarding the overlap of part of PT Pilar Wanapersada (PWP) plantation’s area, in Lamandau District, Central Kalimantan.
The said reports regarding the overlapping land issue raised by the Farmer Group around the PWP concession is a matter we are looking into seriously. We understand and recognize that this issue is a matter of great concern for the Farmer Group and communities around the area and we shall ensure that this matter will be addressed appropriately.
We are committed to an amicable settlement through an ongoing mediation process between the parties, that is being facilitated by the Lamandau Regency Office and Central Kalimantan Provincial Forestry Service, within the prevailing laws and regulations in Indonesia as well as the customary rights of communities concerned.
We welcome feedback to improve our operations and partnerships with the various stakeholders in the landscapes in which we operate. And as such, we continuously strive to ensure any complaints raised by our stakeholders are addressed expediently.
We have commenced a thorough review of all the information and records related to the concession, licensing process, certifications, correspondences and any other data related to the aforementioned to prepare a thorough response in due course.
In the meantime, we continue to engage constructively as well as work with community leaders and local government officials to vigorously pursue in good faith the ongoing mediation.